Sport England Coronavirus support increased, but deadline is fast approaching

A recent announcement by Sport England has detailed an increase to their support for grassroots sport across the country in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, but teams need to act fast if they're going to access it.

In late March, Sport England earmarked £195m of funding to help the community sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, with £20m of the total used to set up the Sport England Community Fund.

That fund has now been increased to £35m, but applications are still set to close this Thursday, 14 May at 11:59pm.

To date, over £80,000 has been awarded to 23 basketball clubs across the country, with each club averaging around £3,500 per bid. The fund is for any club experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis and can complement other sources of funding from the government. 

Awards are between £300 and £10,000, though this could potentially be increased in exceptional circumstances.

Funding application are made online and Basketball England can provide a straightforward template document to clubs and organisations to help with planning their submission.

We can also provide guidance on what can and can’t be applied for. Some clubs have also benefited from advice on different ideas for membership and promotion going forward, plus help with the online Sport England application process itself.

If your club is experiencing any financial difficulty or needs support in any way, you can contact our team using the following details: